“Women are not raised to believe that having children is a choice”

— Lauren

“Am I allowed to pick my life? Do I have to justify it to you?” 

– Chanel

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Why is there is so much judgment and stigma towards people without children? Why is our society so terrified by women who want to control their bodies and their lives? 

My name is Therese Shechter and I'm making a documentary about choosing not to have children in a culture where motherhood feels mandatory. As a woman who made the decision to remain childfree, I am also walking this road–and I want to bring you along for the journey.

My So-Called Selfish Life shines a light on the powerful cultural and historical forces behind the message that every woman's most important (and maybe only) role is to reproduce.

This is the third film in my trilogy about women and identity, which includes I Was a Teenage Feminist and How To Lose Your Virginity

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“Not having kids is one of the only things you can be called selfish for...for something you do not want.”

— Anne


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